Robert A. Beattey, Jr. is an attorney and clinical and forensic psychologist who teaches, conducts research and practices at the intersection of behavioral science and law. He holds an appointment as lecturer in forensic and legal psychology in the Arizona State University program on law and behavioral science. His current research projects include studies on the long-term impacts of child abuse and neglect; lay judgments of mental states in the legal context; sex offender policy; evidence-based legal decision-making; public health policy; and professional ethics. He frequently teaches courses such as Abnormal Psychology, Psychology and Law, and Ethical Issues in Forensic Mental Health. His clinical experience includes his clinical internship at the California Department of State Hospital’s Metropolitan State Hospital where he worked with populations adjudicated not competent to stand trial, found not guilty by reason of insanity, and who were civilly committed.
Beattey is a co-editor of "The Ethical Practice of Forensic Psychology: A casebook" published by Oxford University Press and author of a number of peer-reviewed clinical, legal, and public policy journal articles and empirical studies. He is a former prosecutor and civil litigator. As an attorney, he litigated hundreds of criminal and civil cases in both the public and private sector.
Beattey holds a bachelor's degree from Columbia University, a juris doctor degree from The Ohio State University College of Law, a master's degree in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, a master's degree from the CUNY Graduate Center and a doctorate in clinical psychology with a forensic concentration. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Psychological Association and the American Psychology-Law Society.